White-wine producing cross derived from Müller-Thurgau, Riesling and Sylvaner. Found in many English, German and Western Canadian vineyards because of its adaptability to a wide range of climates. Tends to be low in acidity and so is mainly vinified to be a sweet wine with Muscat-like or occasional delicate Sylvaner flavors because of its ability to reach “Auslese” style or even higher sugar levels in good years. English wineries exclusively create dry wines from the variety. Commonly blended with lesser grapewines in the Rheinhessen region of Germany to create “QBA” type village wines. Its popularity is only exceeded by the Kerner or Ehrenfelser varieties. Not to be confused with a currently rare early 19th century American hybrid which also bears the Bacchus name but is not related in any way to the above variety.
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